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Last Updated: 8/5/2022 5:54 PM

Dr. Carrie O'Bryant, Principal

Carrie O'Bryant

Serving Clayton Community is a true honor! The students and families of this community are so special to me. Our students’ growth and success are my priority.

The love of education runs deeply throughout my family. In fact, many of my family members taught at Clayton Elementary and other schools within our District. My great uncle, LeRoy Tippens, served as the first principal of Clayton. As a child, I was proud to attend our school, and I also completed my student teaching experience here. As you can see, I have many connections to CES!

I joined the Cherokee County School District in 1999. Since then, I have taught all grades and subjects in grades kindergarten through fifth. This experience has proven incredibly valuable to me as I have had the unique opportunity to understand each phase of elementary development.

To ensure I continue to follow best practices and factors impacting elementary education, I have completed several graduate degrees and certifications over the past several years. These include a master’s and specialists’ degree as well as my National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification, Teacher Support Specialist (TSS) Certification, Gifted Endorsement, ESOL Certification, MIE Certification, and Leadership Certification. I received my Doctorate Degree from Valdosta State University.

On a personal note, my husband, Scott, and I married in 1994. He is also a teacher. He teaches at Cherokee High School in the Career Technology Department. We have three amazing children! Our twins, Jake and Josh, were born in 1997. They obtained a Construction Management Degree and work in land surveying. Our daughter, Emma, completed our family perfectly in 2004! She attends Cherokee High School. Go Warriors! We also have two bonus daughters, Abbie and Carson, who are also teachers. Abbie teaches at Cherokee High and Carson teaches at Hasty Elementary. No surprise that our boys married teachers!

I am so thankful to serve our community!


Dr. Susan McQuade, Assistant Principal

assistant principal

I am excited to join Clayton Elementary with 33 years of experience in education. I am a graduate of Tucker High School and Georgia State University (Music Education), and I received my master’s degree from Lesley University (Curriculum & Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts), and my specialist degree (Administration & Supervision) and doctorate (Executive Leadership) from Lincoln Memorial University.

Most recently, I served as assistant principal at Macedonia Elementary School since 2015. I began my tenure with the Cherokee County School District in 2012 as the art and music teacher at Boston Elementary after nine years with Clayton County Schools, six years with the Archdiocese of Atlanta schools, seven years with Buford City Schools, and two years as Director of Enterprise Education Initiatives at the Woodruff Arts Center.

I enjoy balancing my professional career with a close and supportive family.  My husband, Ed, is a retired choral director, our daughter, Lauren, is the Instructional Lead Specialist at Oak Grove Elementary, and our son, Alec, is the Sales Integration Manager for 11 Alive News.  I am delighted to be a part of the Clayton family as its assistant principal. My goal is to serve and support a safe and happy environment where all children learn with a sense of wonder and purpose.